Posted on: February 24, 2017

Archives House History Class Friday March 3rd


Historic homes are an important link to the people that once lived there.  Lancaster City street corners and blocks were once thriving centers of industry, retail, and of course homes.  The image below depicts the Rohrer Hotel at the cor...

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Posted on: January 11, 2017

Search Historical Civil Case Records!

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The Lancaster County Archives has recently made available a century of historical indexes (1874-1974) on their website for finding civil cases filed in the Lancaster County Courts.

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Posted on: February 22, 2017

Update on Threats Incident Involving Manheim Township School District

We are restricted by the Pa. Juvenile Act in what we can release. However, we can state appropriate charges have been filed.

 What happens going forward will be determined by a judge in the juvenile court process. The charged individual is presume...

Feb. 22, 2017

Posted on: February 22, 2017

Repeat Burglar to State Prison for Stealing Power Tools in East Earl Township

Kevin Conover

A Berks County man convicted of breaking into a garage and taking a snowblower, chainsaw, and other items will serve a state-prison sentence.

Kevin Conover was recently sentenced in Lancaster County Court to 2 to 4 years in prison for the Oct. 6, 2015, bur...

Feb. 22, 2017

Posted on: February 21, 2017

‘Menace to Society’ Jailed up to 40 Years for Second Knife Attack in Lancaster

Israel Polanco-Cano

A Lancaster man will serve up to 40 years in prison for stabbing a woman at least 15 times – his second conviction regarding violence with a knife.

Israel Polanco-Cano, 35, was convicted at trial last year of attempted murder and aggravated assault r...

Feb. 21, 2017

Posted on: February 20, 2017

Motorist Fatally Shoots Himself after Man in Occupied Vehicle is Wounded on Route 283

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A Delaware man shot and killed himself Sunday evening inside a vehicle on a Manheim-area road.

Police believe the deceased man was involved in a shooting incident minutes earlier on Route 283 in East Hempfield Township.

About 6:30 p.m. Sunday, a Lancaster w...

Feb. 20, 2017

Posted on: February 17, 2017

98 Percent of Lancaster County's Repeat DUI Offenders on SCRAM did not Have a Drink


Repeat drunk drivers in Lancaster County wearing alcohol-detection anklets rarely have a drink, recently-released data shows.

In fact, only 11 of more than 500 individuals who wore SCRAM anklets under the county’s DUI Repeat Offender Program (DRO...

Feb. 17, 2017

Posted on: February 15, 2017

Police: Man in Jeep Attempted to Lure Girl Tuesday in Manheim


Police are seeking information on an attempted child luring Tuesday afternoon in Manheim.

A high-school aged girl told police she was in the first block of West Ferdinand Street between 3 and 3:30 p.m. when she was approached by a man in a Jeep Patriot. Th...

Feb. 15, 2017

Posted on: February 14, 2017

Lifer who Threatened to Kill Lancaster Woman, then did, Denied New Trial

Kevin Souffrant

An inmate serving life for killing his ex-girlfriend four years ago will not get a new trial, a local judge has ordered.

Kevin Souffrant, now 39, was convicted of first-degree murder in 2014 for what a local prosecutor called “savage assault and ...

Feb. 14, 2017

Posted on: February 13, 2017

Judge: No More Chances for Lancaster Serial Burglar Sent to State Prison

Michael C. Haynick

A Lancaster city man will serve up to 9 years in prison for burglaries last year at six area businesses, including a donut shop and bar.

Michael C. Haynick, 31, recently pleaded guilty in Lancaster County Court to felony counts of burglary and related char...

Feb. 13, 2017

Posted on: February 10, 2017

Pa. Court: No Relief for Lancaster Man Serving Life for Killing Roommate

Vandy Blankenship

A Lancaster man serving life in prison for killing his roommate in 2014 will get no relief from a Pennsylvania appellate court.

The state Superior Court denied Vandy Blankenship’s request that his interaction with police following the incident be...

Feb. 10, 2017

Posted on: February 9, 2017

3 Lancaster County Men Jailed in Separate Child Pornography, Child Solicitation Cases

Grear, Bunting, Diedrich

Three Lancaster County men were recently sentenced to state prison – two for having collections of child pornography and the other for attempting to solicit sex with a 6-year-old girl.

The sentences were ordered in accordance with plea agreements in ...

Feb. 9, 2017

Posted on: February 8, 2017

Bondsman Admits to Assault of Lancaster Woman, Taking her Dog During Home Visits

Michael L. Hansen Sr.

A York County-based bondsman pleaded guilty Wednesday in Lancaster County Court to taking a woman’s dog during home visits in 2015.

Michael L. Hansen Sr., 50, was charged with several crimes regarding the Dec. 8 and 9, 2015, incidents at an apartment...

Feb. 8, 2017

Posted on: February 8, 2017

Lancaster Man Jailed up to 20 Years for Shooting into Occupied Car Outside Party

Francis Dinkins Jr.

A Lancaster man will serve at least 10 years in prison for shooting two males inside a vehicle last year in the city.

Francis S. Dinkins Jr., 19, was on foot June 10, 2016, when he fired multiple shots into an occupied vehicle in the 500 block of North Plu...

Feb. 8, 2017

Posted on: February 7, 2017

Lancaster Judge Jails Inmate up to 30 More Years for 'Sadistic' Beatings of Woman

Alexander Ramos-Pacheco

A Lancaster man already serving a decade-long sentence for sex abuse of a child will serve up to 30 additional years for beatings of a woman that a local judge called “brutal” and “sadistic.”

Alexander Ramos-Pacheco, 27, was sentenc...

Feb. 7, 2017

Posted on: February 3, 2017

The Latest on Jan. 24 Police-Involved Shooting in Lancaster City

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Here is an update on the Jan. 24, police-involved shooting incident, which is under review by Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman and Chief County Detective Kent Switzer. Jose E. Rodriguez, 18, died in the incident which happened in southeast...

Feb. 3, 2017

Posted on: February 2, 2017

Prosecutor: Man who Burglarized Elizabethtown Church Stole from his own Community

David Kuchar

An Elizabethtown man was recently taken to Lancaster County Prison for burglarizing a local church, stealing nearly $3,000 in checks, cash, and gift cards and drinking altar wine.

David G. Kuchar, of 58, was sentenced Friday in Lancaster County Court for t...

Feb. 2, 2017

Posted on: February 1, 2017

Jury Convicts Columbia Man of Rape, his 3rd Conviction of Violent Crime

Tomas M. Matthews

A Columbia man was recently convicted of raping and beating a woman in 2015.

A Lancaster County jury convicted Tomas M. Matthews on Friday of 11 counts, including felony rape and aggravated assault, after a week-long trial with Judge David Ashworth presidi...

Feb. 1, 2017

Posted on: January 27, 2017

Lancaster County Coach Charged with Sex Crimes Against 2 Girls

Danial R. Miller

A Lancaster County wrestling coach is charged with sex crimes against two 16-year-old girls.

Danial R. Miller, 24, was arraigned Friday morning on 7 counts, including 5 felonies, for crimes against the girls last year.

Miller, then assistant junior varsity ...

Jan. 27, 2017

Posted on: January 27, 2017

Judge Orders State-Prison Sentence for New Providence Man's 7th DUI Conviction

Jeff Depoe

A New Providence man is headed to state prison for his latest impaired-driving conviction – his seventh since 1993.

Jeff Depoe, 48, was charged with his latest offense after a June 6, 2015, traffic stop in West Lampeter Township.

Depoe was driving on ...

Jan. 27, 2017

Posted on: January 26, 2017

Conestoga Man Charged with Taking Wife from Care Home, Attempting Suicide with Prescription Meds

Philip Benight

A Conestoga man is charged with taking his elderly wife from a care home and attempting suicide with her earlier this week.

Philip M. Benight, 60, is charged with a second-degree felony count of causing or aiding suicide, defined as an intentional aiding o...

Jan. 26, 2017

Posted on: January 25, 2017

Judge Orders $1,500 Fine for Illegal Bald Eagle Skull Trade at Adamstown Show


A Bradford County man will pay over $1,500 in fines and costs for illegally bartering for a bald eagle skull at an Adamstown trade show in 2015.

John E. Palfreyman, 63, was charged last year with trading a river otter skull for the eagle skull, possessed b...

Jan. 25, 2017

Posted on: January 24, 2017

Investigation Ongoing into Police-Involved Shooting in Lancaster City; 1 Man Deceased

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There was a shooting incident early Tuesday morning in southeast Lancaster city that involved city police and a male suspect.

The male suspect, 18-year-old Jose Efrain Rodriguez, is deceased.

Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman, and Chief Count...

Jan. 24, 2017

Posted on: January 23, 2017

Trial Convictions for Lancaster Couple Charged with $174K in Heroin

David Lausell, Jaelle Ndamage

A Lancaster Township couple was convicted at separate trials last week in a drug-dealing operation that uncovered a half-kilogram of heroin.

David Lausell and Jaelle Ndamage each were convicted of felony-drug dealing and related counts regarding a June 201...

Jan. 23, 2017

Posted on: January 20, 2017

Police Charge East Lampeter Father and Son with Making, Possessing Child Pornography

David Mishler Sr., David Mishler Jr.

An East Lampeter Township father and his son are charged with creating child pornography and having numerous lewd images and videos at their home.

David J. Mishler Sr., 55, and his son, David J. Mishler Jr. 26, were arraigned Friday morning on several felo...

Jan. 20, 2017

Posted on: January 19, 2017

Lancaster County Outlook for Police Efforts in 2017 to Slow Opioid Epidemic

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Lancaster County law-enforcers continue to combat the ongoing opioid epidemic, and for 2017, will have even more support and resources from area municipalities.

The Lancaster County Drug Task Force, a team of detectives that conducts proactive investigatio...

Jan. 19, 2017

Posted on: January 18, 2017

11 Years Later: No Relief for Killer of Warwick Township Couple who Wants Juvenile Consideration

David G. Ludwig

A state appellate court has denied David G. Ludwig’s latest request for relief, finding the convicted killer of a Warwick Township couple has filed too late.

Ludwig, now 29, is serving two consecutive life terms for fatally shooting Michael and Cathr...

Jan. 18, 2017

Posted on: January 17, 2017

Driver Jailed at Least 3 Years for High-Alcohol Level Fatal Crash in Pequea Township

Benjamin R. Manotti

A Lancaster man will serve at least three years in prison for being intoxicated last year when he caused a fatal crash in Pequea Township.

Benjamin R. Manotti’s blood-alcohol level was about three times the legal limit for drivers on Jan. 16, 201...

Jan. 17, 2017

Posted on: January 13, 2017

Burglar who Stole Guns, Car, and MacBook Pro Jailed up to 16 Years

Joshua Torres-Gonzalez

A Lancaster man will serve at least 7 years in prison for a spree of burglaries and thefts last year in three local municipalities.

First Assistant District Attorney Christopher P. Larsen stressed in court Friday that Joshua Torres-Gonzalez stole 4 guns &a...

Jan. 13, 2017

Posted on: January 10, 2017

Lancaster Woman to State Prison for Gunpoint Robberies of Same Weis Store

Kathleen E. Moore

A Lancaster woman will serve up to 12 years in prison for robbing the same local Weis Markets store twice in three days.

Kathleen E. Moore, 48, displayed a gun in her waistband May 1 and May 3 when she approached clerks at the store at 1204 Millersville Pi...

Jan. 10, 2017

Posted on: January 9, 2017

Leola Man Jailed up to 7 Years for Selling Heroin in Fatal Overdose at Store

Marc Lacasse

A Leola man will serve up to seven years in state prison for selling heroin to a man who fatally overdosed last year in a local convenience store.

Marc Lacasse sold the fatal batch to 26-year-old Andrew Stevens shortly before Stevens was found dead Feb. 29...

Jan. 9, 2017

Posted on: January 6, 2017

Man Jailed for 'Skimming' Credit Cards, Making Buys at Numerous Lancaster Stores

Carlos Carvajal

A Lancaster County man is headed to state prison for a series of fraudulent credit card purchases he made in 2015 at numerous local businesses after stealing account data from the victims.

Carlos Carvajal, formerly of St. Joseph Street in Lancaster city, w...

Jan. 6, 2017

Posted on: January 5, 2017

17-Year-Old will be Tried as an Adult for Deadly Shooting of 15-Year-Old Boy in Mountville


A 17-year-old Mountville male will be tried as an adult for the deadly shooting of a 15-year-old boy this summer.

Lancaster County Judge David Workman on Thursday ordered that 17-year-old George W. Rosado face counts of misdemeanor involuntary manslaughter...

Jan. 5, 2017

Posted on: January 4, 2017

2nd Man Charged in Lancaster Parking Lot Killing Ordered to Trial

Rashan A. Ross

A second Delaware cousin charged with killing a man in a Lancaster Township store parking lot will face charges in Lancaster County Court, a district judge ordered Wednesday.

Rashan A. Ross, 27, will be tried on counts of homicide, robbery, conspiracy to r...

Jan. 4, 2017

Posted on: January 4, 2017

2 Men Ordered to Trial for Rape and Beatings of Lancaster Women

Jamell Prister, Jose Vasquez-Galarza

Two Lancaster men charged with rape of women in separate, unrelated incidents were in district court Tuesday when both were ordered to face numerous charges in Lancaster County Court.

Jamell E. Prister, 26, and Jose Vasquez-Galarza, 35, will face counts of...

Jan. 4, 2017

Posted on: December 29, 2016

Lancaster County Sex Offender's Prison Sentence Trimmed on Mandatory-Term Argument

Christ Harsh

A convicted sex offender received a reduced prison term after his case was recently ordered back for re-sentencing in Lancaster County Court.

Christ Harsh, 35, was convicted in 2014 of child sex abuse from 2011 to 2012, beginning when the girl was 7.

He was...

Dec. 29, 2016

Posted on: December 28, 2016

Driver Sentenced for Text-Messaging Prior to Fatal Crash in Strasburg Township

Phong C. Pham

A Lancaster man was sentenced Wednesday in Lancaster County Court for text-messaging at the wheel prior to a fatal crash in July 2015 in Strasburg Township.

Lancaster County President Judge Dennis Reinaker sentenced 25-year-old Phong Chadd Pham to the foll...

Dec. 28, 2016

Posted on: December 28, 2016

No Sentence Relief for Convicted DUI Driver who Fled Fatal Crash in Mount Joy

Leston Daugherty III

A state-prison inmate will not be re-sentenced for causing a fatal hit-and-run crash four years ago in Mount Joy, despite his request that the original sentence was illegal.

Leston E. Daugherty III, 47, is serving an 8-to-25-year sentence for making an ill...

Dec. 28, 2016

Posted on: December 22, 2016

16 Years After Murder at Lancaster City Intersection, Killer Denied Relief

Osvaldo Rodriguez

A prison inmate convicted of killing a driver at a Lancaster city intersection 16 years ago will get no relief from his sentence or the restitution he was ordered to pay.

Osvaldo Rodriguez was convicted in 2007 of third-degree murder for the shooting death...

Dec. 22, 2016

Posted on: December 21, 2016

Man Admits to Stabbing Ephrata Man during Cellphone App Meeting in May

Colin E. Hunt

A Chester County man will serve up to 11 years in prison for stabbing a man, after an online meeting, at an Ephrata apartment in May.

Colin Edward Hunt, 20, pleaded guilty Friday in Lancaster County Court to felony counts of aggravated assault and robbery ...

Dec. 21, 2016

Posted on: December 20, 2016

A Look at How DUI Cases are now Prosecuted in Lancaster County

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More than 2,400 cases have gone through Lancaster County’s DUI Central Court in just over a year since the program launched.

Officials say DUI cases are moving faster and more efficiently than ever before, resulting in reductions of man-hours and cos...

Dec. 20, 2016

Posted on: December 16, 2016

Lancaster Woman Convicted of Heroin Sale to Informant; Had Additional Drugs at Home

Shiree Gray

A Lancaster woman was convicted this week in Lancaster County Court of selling heroin to an informant and having a stash of additional heroin and marijuana at her home and in her vehicle.

Shiree L. Gray, 49, sold 28 grams of heroin to the informant on Oct....

Dec. 16, 2016

Posted on: December 15, 2016

Guilty Plea in Beating at East Lampeter Bar over Taken Cowboy Hat

Troy Hardesty

An Ohio man admitted this week in Lancaster County Court to beating a man outside an East Lampeter Township bar because the victim asked him about taking his cowboy-style hat.

Troy M. Hardesty, 28, pleaded guilty to felony aggravated assault and misdemeano...

Dec. 15, 2016

Posted on: December 14, 2016

Inmate Serving Decades Denied New Trial for Plotting to Kill 3 Lancaster Cops

Akeem Washington

A prison inmate challenging his trial conviction for plotting to kill three Lancaster city cops will get no relief.

The Pennsylvania Superior Court on Tuesday denied Akeem K. Washington’s request for relief of his conviction and 25½-to...

Dec. 14, 2016

Posted on: December 13, 2016

18-Year-Old Man Charged in Sex Abuse of Two Students, Ages 13 and 11

Freddy B. Emery

An 18-year-old man is at Lancaster County Prison charged with sex abuse of two children, ages 13 and 11.

The charges allege Freddy B. Emery, of New Holland Pike, had physical contact with a 13-year-old girl and illegal online interaction with an 11-year-ol...

Dec. 13, 2016

Posted on: December 9, 2016

Terre Hill Woman Charged in Vehicle Death of 2-Year-old Girl

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A Terre Hill woman is charged in connection with a September vehicle crash that killed a 2-year-old girl.

Grace N. Martin, 23, told police she drove down a driveway on South Farmersville Road toward three young children and honked the horn to scare them &a...

Dec. 9, 2016

Posted on: December 8, 2016

Jury: Man Fired Shots on Crowded Lancaster Street Outside Brother's Funeral

Lovelle Weaver

A man was convicted Wednesday in Lancaster County Court of firing shots on a crowded Lancaster street outside his brother’s funeral last year.

Lovelle Weaver, 36, was convicted of felony aggravated assault and possessing a firearm without a license, ...

Dec. 8, 2016

Posted on: December 7, 2016

Mountville Man Charged with Abuse of Hennessey, Pit Bull Puppy Euthanized in October

A Mountville man was charged Wednesday with abuse of a pit bull puppy, Hennessey, resulting in the dog being euthanized in October.

Mario S. Crawley, 25, is charged with a misdemeanor and a summary count of cruelty to animals.

Lancaster County Detective Geo...

Dec. 7, 2016

Posted on: December 6, 2016

Man in Court for Giving Pregnant Girlfriend Bleached Water; Charge Added

Theophilous Washington

A 20-year-old man appeared in court Tuesday on allegations that he deliberately put bleach in his pregnant girlfriend’s water in an attempt to harm the unborn child.

Theophilous Washington waived a preliminary hearing on several charges, including an addit...

Dec. 6, 2016

Posted on: December 6, 2016

Verdict: Man Convicted of Breaking into East Earl Garage and Stealing Tools

Kevin Conover

A Lancaster County jury convicted a man of felony burglary for breaking into a garage last year and taking the victim’s snowblower, chainsaw, and other items.

Kevin Conover, 53, of Berks County, will be sentenced after a background check is completed...

Dec. 6, 2016

Posted on: December 2, 2016

Four Lancaster County Police Officers Honored as Top Guns for DUI Arrests

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Four Lancaster County police officers were recently honored as “Top Guns” for their efforts to combat impaired driving.

Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman was a keynote speaker at the Pennsylvania DUI Association’s 37th annu...

Dec. 2, 2016

Posted on: December 1, 2016

No Relief for Convicted Murderer who Claimed Self-Defense in Lancaster Drug Deal Shooting

Stefon Landing

A convicted murder will not get relief on a self-defense claim regarding his conviction for killing a Lancaster father in a 2015 drug deal.

Stefon Landing, 22, was convicted of 3rd-degree murder and related charges for fatally shooting 22-year-old Devonte ...

Dec. 1, 2016

Posted on: November 22, 2016

LIVE: Online Map Launched of Drug Overdose Reports in Lancaster County

Lancaster County Overdose Map

Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman announced on Nov. 21 the launch of an online Lancaster County-wide mapping of emergency reports of drug overdose. 

The map consists of Lancaster County-Wide Communications data, specifically emergency d...

Nov. 22, 2016

Posted on: November 17, 2016

Take the New places2040 Survey!

LCPC Places 2040

Places2040 is an update to the Lancaster County Comprehensive Plan – a community conversation about the county’s future. Although the Lancaster County Planning Commission is coordinating this effort, it’s your plan – so we need your feedback.

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Posted on: October 11, 2016

Information about the 2018 Reassessment


New brochures about the 2018 County Reassessment are available on the Property Assessment Website! Click the link to find out more.

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